BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Although the Rotary Club’s 12th Annual Crab Fest has had to adjust its format for the Saturday, Feb. 13 event, Rotarian Skip King says it offers a unique opportunity for Valentine’s weekend.
Picture enjoying an eight-ounce serving of lump crab, six prawns, coleslaw, corn on the cob, dinner roll, two sauces and chocolate cake, all ready to pick up curbside and serve at home with a carnation included. Imagine you and your true love in the candlelight……
Tickets for the event are $50 each. Curbside pick-up only will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant where owners Pawel and Dorota Listwan and their staff, along with volunteer Rotarians and members of the Los Alamos High School Interact Club will deliver the food items, each packaged separately, to the curb.
King, who has been a Rotarian for just under 30 years, is excited about the Crab Fest although he says he will miss the in-person contact. When King and his wife, Linda, moved to Los Alamos in 2009, the Rotary Club didn’t have an actual annual fundraiser but sold hotdogs at the Gordon’s Concerts at Ashley Pond. The Crab Fest has been a great fundraiser for Rotary, he said, and has allowed the local club to raise some $200,000 to fund projects such as the tree house, picnic tables and fences at PEEC, an assistive hearing audio loop for Smith Auditorium and the LAHS Memorial Garden as well as international projects including a learning center and children’s heart surgeries in Mexico, bridge building in Nicaragua, women’s businesses in Bolivia, the purchase of classroom furniture and school supplies in the Dominican Republic, and earthquake disaster relief in Nepal.
“Los Alamos is a very close-knit community and people here always rally around our service organizations. We are hoping that this year people will continue to step up and support the Crab Fest,” King said.
He noted that most of regular sponsors of the event have made their usual contribution and instead of funding a table for their guests, are donating their meals to local police and firefighters on duty. The meals will be delivered to the first responders by Oliver and Kateri Morris.
King is also excited about an online auction being held in conjunction with the Crab Fest from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14.
“People will have a chance to browse the dozens of items being offered for auction during a two week period instead of having to try and bid on them during the limited time they have to sign up at our prior events,” he said. “There is no cost to participate in the online auction and there is a huge variety of items.”
Items included so far are a Dodge Rampvan, wine, autographed baseballs, golf at Angel Fire, jewelry and accessories.
“You can bid on everything from trips to Las Vegas or Disney World to a hummingbird banding activity with a gourmet lunch,” King said. “So check back often as new items will be added regularly.”
King said one of the projects which will be funded with the proceeds of the event will be a second Meals of Hope food-packing event for food banks throughout Northern New Mexico. Last September, the Rotary Club along with community volunteers packaged some 40,000 servings of rice and beans during that event.
To purchase Crab Fest tickets now and to participate in the online auction starting Monday, go to app.galabid.com/crabfest.
For more information on the event or to learn more about the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and its charitable service, call Laura Gonzales, president, (505) 699-5880, or Skip King, membership chair, (505) 662-8832.